Before coming to Immanuel in 2007, I served in student ministry and discipleship for churches in Texas and Louisiana. My two greatest passions in youth ministry are leading students in missions and discipleship. I love being a part of the equipping process by which students are trained and impassioned as they become the next generation of great leaders in God’s kingdom.
In March of 2002, I married my love and my best friend, Joanna Miley. Over the last nine years of our marriage, she has personified God’s intent for a godly wife and helpmeet. Through camps, retreats, late night counseling sessions, and funerals for students, she has helped me to become the minister that I am today. In December of 2010, we adopted Adeline Marie, and Anna Claire-twin 16 month old girls from St. Petersburg, Russia. Our once quiet home with only Joanna, myself, and our yellow lab, Molly, has exploded with the sound of sweet giggles and little footsteps.
In 2005, I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry with a minor in Christian Education from Leavell College at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. I am currently pursuing a Master of Christian Education from NOBTS. The opportunity for this theological education has been an incredible journey and privilege. The longer I am a student, the more I have learned of the extent of our Creator’s great love for us.
I am a family man in every sense of the word. I love my wife and my girls, and an afternoon with them is better than anything in the world. If free time can be found, I enjoy shooting sports, hunting/fishing, gardening, and working in my yard.
The Bible, Donald S. Whitney’s Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, Nancy Pearcy’s Total Truth, Anthony A. Hoekema’s Created in God’s Image.
In the fall of 2002, I began to serve as the part-music minister in the church I grew up in. It was the beginning of an incredible journey that has led me to where I am today. I served in another church before coming to Immanuel in November of 2005. I am humbled that God chooses to use an ordinary person like myself to lead His people in worship.
I was extremely blessed to grow up in a Christian home with a godly mother and father. I also have one sister, a brother-in-law, and two of my grandparents are still alive. Although I haven’t yet married, I know God will bless me with a loving wife in His perfect timing.
After graduating from Sumrall High School, I began my college education at Jones County Junior College. After my time at Jones, I transferred to William Carey University where I completed a Bachelor’s degree in music. This summer I will be returning to William Carey to complete a Masters of Education.
As one might expect, one of my greatest passions is music. One of my favorite quotes is by Martin Luther which states, “Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.” I have been blessed to be able to combine my passion for music and teaching, and I have the incredible opportunity to teach middle and high school students on a daily basis. In addition to music, I love to be on the water fishing. It’s my favorite place to be to spend time with God and reflect on His awesome creation.
My name is Linda Lofton Burnham, and I am a native of Hattiesburg. I grew up in Oak Grove and moved back here in 1993. I have been the Ministry Assistant at Immanuel for about 14 years. I have been widowed for 16 years. I have two sons, Robby Burnham and foster son Jerry Busha. They have blessed my life with two great daughters-in-law, and three wonderful grand children, Savannah Burnham, Ethan Busha, and Amber Busha. The things that I like to do best are spend time with my family and sing and play the piano. I enjoy reading and working outside. But the best time of all is God’s time.